In this week's edition: Blizzard sells a star pony to World of Warcraft players, and a woman gets a nasty surprise after falling off a Wii balance board.
Ebert Bashes Kick Ass
Seasoned movie critic Roger Ebert has called new superhero movie Kick Ass 'morally reprehensible' because of the character of "Hit Girl", a eleven year old girl that spends much of the movie killing people. "A movie camera makes a record of whatever is placed in front of it, and in this case, it shows deadly carnage dished out by an 11-year-old girl," said Ebert. "After which an adult man brutally hammers her to within an inch of her life. Blood everywhere. Now tell me all about the context." (link)
It's Made of Stars!
Blizzard is offering WoW players to nab a rather awesome looking flying mount. The Celestial Steed, also known as a Star Pony, levels with you, moving as fast as your riding skill allows, and eventually takes off, becoming a Star Pegasus. The downside, however, is that the Star Pony carries a pretty hefty price tag, costing nearly two months' subscription fee. But considering how much time and effort it takes to obtain a mount in game, $25 upfront might seem like a very reasonable expenditure to some. (link)
Wii Fit Accident Turns Woman Sex Mad
It sounds like the setup for a joke - a woman falls off her Wii balance board and wakes up a nymphomaniac - but the reality is much less amusing. A woman in the UK took a tumble while using her Wii and damaged a nerve, resulting in Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, a serious condition that leaves a woman in a perpetual state of arousal, a condition that will impact the rest of her life. You can't really blame this on gaming, although as a cautionary tale it's pretty unique. (link)
Co-op Gets Sexy
On completely the other end of the gaming/sex spectrum, it was revealed this week that Fable 3's co-op mode would be significantly more robust than that of Fable 2 - perhaps a little too robust - as you will be able impregnate your partner and have a child together. Whether or not the feature makes it into the final game almost doesn't matter, just thought is pretty scary. When we said we wanted to be able to go on adventures with our friends, this isn't quite what we meant. (link)
Too Human Dev Gets Massive Grant
Silicon Knights, creators of Too Human and Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem has been given a $4 million grant from the Canadian government in order to make a AAA game. This infusion of cash will let the developer add another 65 people to its workforce. "This is going to benefit Silicon Knights in ways that are profound and long-lasting," studio head Denis Dyack said. "We are blown away and we're happy with the support we're getting. It is something that couldn't have come at a better time." (link)